I know people love this book. I'm not a big fan of romance, but I had a credit to use and randomly selected this book. Well, the narration is excellent. Really. It gets better as the book goes along. But, I found the story boring and annoying. And long. I had to give up on it. Maybe some of you will like it, but not me.
The wonderful descriptions by the writer (Diana Gabaldon) - one can see the beauty of the scoottish highlands, the colours, the mist, and the reading (by Davina Porter) which bring the individuals to life!
When Claire decided to retunr to Jamie after he left her at the stones to return to Frank.
The scottish accents and bringing the people alive.
No, but I loved it and could hardly tear myself away from the story. I totally fell in love with Jamie!!
I read the book back in 2004 and absoluatelky loved it. I haven't regretted buying the audio book for a minute!!
Despite the length of this story it is so good you don't want it to end. I will be starting the 2nd book the same day I finish the first! LOVE THE NARRATOR!!!!
The narration was wonderful, pacing, accent, voicing all great. The writting was descriptive and usually drew me in to the world described.
After the fourth or fifth roll in the sheets the very romance-novel-esque sex scenes got pretty tiresome. The writer (not the main character but her creator), whom I had started out viewing in my mind's eye as a sort of khaki wearing adventurer, started degenerating into some sort of home-bound recluse in bull-rim glasses inventing wild sexual fantasies to be consumed with Bon-Bon's on lonely Friday nights...OK, maybe this is a purely male perspective since I notice lots of great reviews from female readers here. And to give the author the benefit of the doubt and because it was on sale, I tried listening to the second book...I got about 4 hours in and had to stop. It was the same book! Historical backdrop as justification for rampant sex. Not that I have anything against rampant sex per se...but the boy toy flavor of the depictions eventually becomes quite sickening and warps the otherwise realistic historical narrative into a trite farce.
Cut the steamy passages by 75%
The ones who were not having sex
It has one, but it is the same book n France
Easier to answer what didn't I like about it? I liked everything!!! It is a romance, an adventure, and a marvelous story about how we survive. Claire is every woman we want to be like; Jamie is like the man every woman wants; the story is about true events. Sigh....I loved it from the first page.
The story begins with a loving couple on vacation to reconnect and then moves to a thrilling adventure unplanned which makes it all the more wonderful. I sure wish those standing stones were real but alas....there is some fiction in this historical novel. I like historical fiction best.
Claire was performed best followed closely by Jamie. Davina is a marvelous narrator so when she changes voices it is hard to believe that the voice is not coming from a man. I was just enthralled by the whole performance. I mean, how does she keep the voices straight? The listener can recognize each one.
NEVER, NEVER MAKE THIS INTO A FILM.
The audio is better than the text but a movie would ruin it all.
Yes definitely! This book is the perfect escape if you're yearning for a high dosage of adventure, passion, suspense, and love. And dont forget the history lesson. Im not a history junkie at all but it was very interesting to hear about real historical events and people. Overall great book... Great series. Im on book 5 now and still wanting more.
Davina Porter really brought the characters to life. I can't imagine trying to read the book and figuring out the different dialects and placing proper accents... She made it easy to follow along with and understand. Shes truly amazing in this series!
Not at first but now any chance I get to listen without interruptions I always jump onto audible. I also listen while jogging on the treadmill and it helps to keep me working out longer since its hard to put the ”book” down.
Beneath the hundreds of pages spent describing the main characters running towards each other through the tulips in slow motion, Outlander is a very good story.
Time-travel stories often spend too many pages describing the contrasts between modern and ancient, as experienced by the traveler. In this story, the main character is modern, but not a stranger to sudden adversity. So we are spared some of that.
All characters are drawn fairly well. The novel is mainly a Masterpiece Theater-flavored family drama set in 18th-century Scotland, very few sci-fi or fantasy elements.
Outlander bears none of the clever conundrums of The Time Traveler's Wife, nor the memorable, edge-of-your-seat pacing of Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, two other novels with heroines forced to straddle the centuries. Outlander has too many romantic scenes, too much swooning and fainting and sentences that begin with "My heart was racing..." Beneath all of this is a great story, worth reading or listening to.
I read Outlander when it first came out 20 years ago and fell in love with the series. I held tightly to for a couple of years before I shared it. But when I did I shared with everyone. Last year I noticed the unabridged version and told my husband he had to listen to these books. He accused me of withholding them from him! He enjoyed listening while commuting to and from work (102 miles round trip). I listen while I work during the day. He'd come home each evening and "update" me on what Jamie and Claire were up to during his ride. He has already listened twice he enjoys them so much.
Davina Porter is now the voice of Claire for me and my husband! She does an excellent job reading the story and giving life to the characters. I can't imagine anyone being able to give life to the books like Davina's reading.
I own the whole series 3 times over - hard copies, CDs and now from Audible.com.
This book has a decent reader but is so slow I kept falling asleep during it. A little more action and a lot more editing. I wonder if they where going for word count.
I wouldn't buy another book by her
She did a good job for what she had to work with.
I had hoped for an in depth tale and all I got was boring and more boring.
I am a devoted mother and a passionate grandmother. I defend my family to the death . I have finally graduated college and earned a degree.
As for the book it was more like Soft core porn....over and over and over story lost me , got bored with it... really had no clear focus. Reader was excellent. So if you want to listen to porn this is the book for you